Camp, Day 1: Distracted

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Still trying to focus through the stunning news from last night. It’s not easy. Anyway, while I watch my alma mater sink: –It began. Lots and lots of skating drills; lots of pure skating. In fact, no one-on-ones at all. Good pace, pretty good flow. Looked like everyone made it through OK. They’ll swap off […] [Read More]
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RIP, Bill Gonillo

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Big Bill. I’m racking my brain for a favorite Bill Gonillo story, and I can’t come up with one. I can’t remember running into him when I didn’t smile, didn’t laugh, didn’t leave feeling better than I had. Sean Patrick passes on the heartbreaking news that Bill was found dead Sunday at home. Miss him […] [Read More]
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CAMP, Day 0: Getting started

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They had a team meeting tonight to get organized. Skulking around outside produced this list: Group I G–Morrison, Bucchino, J. MacDonald. D–Fata, Fraser, Kohn, Frechette, Offers, Ford. F–Bentivoglio, Haskins, K. Johnson, Regier, G. Johnson, Labelle, Cavosie, Gaudet, Haley, Morency, Nielsen, Sirianni. Group II G–Mole, Ouellet, Jaeger. D–Spiller, Hart, Wotton, A. MacDonald, J. Dwyer, Sertich. F–G. […] [Read More]
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CFA, Day 9: So Near It’s Stirring the Blood in Their Veins

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CFA, Day 9: So Near It's Stirring the Blood in Their Veins

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So it appears the Isles will do their usual trick of not announcing official cuts at the start; they’ll split them up into a Bridgeport group and a Long Island group (so to speak). Here’s Kimber’s last from Moncton, on the Blue-White scrimmage; they made it back in one piece late tonight. Greg Logan’s Sunday […] [Read More]
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CFA, Day 8: So Very Tired*

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Well, it’s everywhere. Howard Saffan is back from Moncton and raving about Jamie Fraser. Dropped weight, got faster, got more agile, looked great despite feeling the nerves of being in NHL camp. He’s excited about the potential of the defense, with the balance between the puck-movers and the stay-at-home types. Will be interesting, for sure. […] [Read More]
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CFA, Day 7: It’s Magic

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CFA, Day 7: It's Magic

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The crazy things that get me: What do you notice from this rookie game recap? For me, it’s the first Moncton name: Nicolas Laplante, who came to camp here in 2004. (Steve Regier was here then, at least.) Nice to see Masi Marjamaki’s name in there a few times. Good stuff with Bernie Cassell and […] [Read More]
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